Chinese vendor Royole has given us a sneak peek of what to expect from its second foldable phone, the FlexPai 2, claiming that it will deliver significant improvements in every possible way. The new handset is going to have a 7.8-inch screen, the newest Snapdragon 865 chipset, a Kyro 585 processor, high-speed LPDDR5 RAM, and 5G capability for nine different bands covering regions including the US, Europe, and China, in accordance what Bill Liu, the co-founder and CEO of Royole said.
Also, with a new “waterproof” and “mechanically robust” hinge named the “super seamless and stepless hinge,” which runs through the back of the device, the FlexPai 2 will also feature a “thinner and lighter” design more than the Royole Flexpai, Liu added.
The specs were announced on Tuesday during an event focused on the announcement of its third-gen Cicada Wing review. Royole’s new flexible screen will first be displayed on the FlexPai 2 but could potentially be utilized by other manufacturers such as ZTE.
Royole adds itself on the map at CES 2019, when it became one of the world’s first companies to release a foldable phone, wining both Samsung and Huawei to the punch with its FlexPai. The original FlexPai has a bendable 7.8-inch AMOLED screen made of flexible plastic and a 1440p resolution. It folds open and closed like a book. But it also suffers from a clunky, prototype-like design and an unimpressive user interface.
Since its launch, the FlexPai has mostly been forgotten. Foldable phone rivals such as the Motorola Razr, Samsung Galaxy Fold and Z-Flip phones and the Huawei Mate XS were quickly launched, packing superior performance, features and design.
Royole FlexPai 2 specs.
Royole has not revealed the full details on the new FlexPai 2 foldable phone, but we do know it will come with a large, 7.8-inch external ‘outie’ display with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
It will also feature a new hinge system which is more robust and wearproof than the mechanics on the previous generation handset. Plus, it will apparently also pack “state-of-art computing, memory [and] structural material technologies.”
There is currently no word on the FlexPai 2 price, but we do know it’ll be launched officially sometime during Q2 (April-June) this year.
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